such better alternatives

Just launch QuickTime Player, and there’s no telling where you’re likely to land. The Player may whisk you to the Moon or perhaps to an exotic location on this planet. Take you on a virtual field trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Or treat you to the latest news, movie trailers, music videos, HBO series or PBS specials. That’s because QuickTime 7 Player takes advantage of the latest video compression technology. had me at “whisk you to the Moon.” After all, who would use a regular media player when there exists such a superior one?

Actually, QuickTime sucks. I would compare its usefulness to that of the all-but-defunct RealPlayer. It’s big and clunky, and it infests your computer with shortcuts at every possible location. You better believe it will start up with your system, and stay running despite your best efforts to keep it down. The layout blows, and playback just isn’t a pretty experience (why is it so hard to go full-screen?). But it’s even more appealing to me that Apple forces you to install iTunes along with QuickTime so your collection of crappy software will be complete.

If I could have my way, I would keep every piece of shoddy Apple software off of my computer, but, alas, some morons on the web are sustaining QuickTime. Do the world a favor…use WMV, Flash, or even Shockwave…but QuickTime? 🙁

8 thoughts on “such better alternatives

  1. I actually don’t have quicktime installed on my computer. Nor iTunes. I have decided that if it’s not important enough to be playable in JetAudio or WMP, then it’s not important enough for me to want to watch. However, a lot of people do use it. I bet it’s because it’s all or nothing with programs like iTunes or Quicktime. Meaning, it either works or fails miserably, but either way there aren’t cryptic messages such as “Error: File could not play because the codec wasn’t installed properly. (Insert URL with convoluted instructions.)” With Quicktime and iTunes it more or less says “NO” and exits. Just a theory. But compared to the Zune software, which took forever to figure out (at least to customize it how i wanted), I have to admit that iTunes##.##.###.#######.###b (release candidate alpha: I automatically update, even if there was never a problem) is a better syncing tool.

  2. wow, you really hate mac. i mean steve jobbs is a douche. and the company itself is paumpus.(sp?) but they do have some nice product.

  3. I don’t have problems with QuickTime. But I have to use iTunes with my iPod.

    Um, last night I finished reading this book by Philip Roth (of Portnoy’s Complaint fame) called The Great American Novel. It’s about this imaginary baseball league during the 40’s. Made me think of you, scooter.

    I know you’re not really one to read and all, but if you can get past some dry, overly wordy sections, it’s pretty damn funny. Also has a lot of references to true “great American” novels (Hemingway, etc.) that spice up the book (if you remember anything from Sledge).

    Just some food for thought.

  4. I appreciate the suggestion, and I’m genuinely pleased that you’d consider me cultured enough to warrant literary recommendations. I’ll add it to a list that will probably take me a lifetime to complete.

  5. yes. down with quicktime.
    itunes isnt that bad, but if it werent for the fact that its the only thing that’ll connect to my ipod, i’d get rid of it.


  6. media player 11 is great, but there are a couple of changes in the zune software (which is based on WMP11) which make it easier to use (plus i have to use the zune stuff to sync). i really wish they’d just set up zune marketplace as a store in wmp 11, along with urge, and then incorporate the syncing and few changes the zune software makes into an updated version of wmp 11. i hate having two such redundant programs.

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